Waidroka yoga room
Adventure

Yoga Retreat at Waidroka Bay

Nicci McGrath, a yoga instructor based in Pacific Harbour (she also teaches in Suva), organized a yoga retreat at Waidroka Bay Resort this past weekend. It's rare that I get out of the house for fitness purposes these days (I love home-based workouts now), but it was certainly worth traveling to Waidroka for yoga, adventure… Continue reading Yoga Retreat at Waidroka Bay

Vanua Chocolate sampler
Food

New Fruit-Infused Vanua Chocolate Sampler

Vanua Chocolate is a chocolatier based in Fiji that sources it's cacao from local farms. The company is releasing a new product: a chocolate sampler with fruit infusions. It makes for a lovely little gift for yourself or others. The chocolatier does not use emulsifiers. This artisinal product is elegant in the simplicity of it's… Continue reading New Fruit-Infused Vanua Chocolate Sampler

KokoMana
Adventure, Food, photography

KokoMana: Artisinal Chocolate and Agri-Forestry

Farm supervisor Joeli and senior cocoa grower Richard start the tour with an introduction in the shop.A praying-mantis-looking insect inside the shop's small conservatory.Pupae on a plant in the conservatory that will transform into butterflies.Preparing chocolate for packaging in the temperature-controlled kitchen.A flower from a cocoa tree.Cocoa trees.Vanilla beans.Kava.Roro (taro).Cocoa fruit.Joeli opens cocoa fruit to… Continue reading KokoMana: Artisinal Chocolate and Agri-Forestry

Bouma Falls
Adventure

Bouma Falls, Taveuni, Fiji

The creek at the start of the hike.The beginning of a paved walkway to the first waterfall.The first waterfall. View from the lookout tower between the first and second waterfalls.A purple crab.Mementos on display at the visitors center.The lady who greeted us at the visitors center. During our trip to Taveuni, we hiked Bouma (Tavoro)… Continue reading Bouma Falls, Taveuni, Fiji

Adventure

Coconut Grove, Taveuni, Fiji

The view from our bure.Loungers on the room's patio.View of a double rainbow from Coconut Grove's beach. After Savasi, we took the ferry from Savusavu to Taveuni, which has a reputation as the garden island of Fiji. It's also a world-class diving destination. We stayed at Coconut Grove, a small beachfront resort that offers three… Continue reading Coconut Grove, Taveuni, Fiji